Safety in design
We know that we have a great opportunity to contribute to the short, medium and long term safety of the structures we deliver with intelligent designs that aim to anticipate and eliminate potential risks. At Holmes Consulting, safety in design isn’t an afterthought we apply retrospectively – it’s an inherent part of our design process on each and every project we deliver. Isolating potential risks and designing them out at the early concept stage is a major advantage great engineering can deliver, and ongoing vigilance across the lifecycle of the project completes the loop.
With newly emerging health and safety legislation demanding safety in design standards similar to those already required in Europe and Australia, there will be even more direct responsibility on the shoulders of designers. The new legislative environment will require engineers and other industry players to consider safety as their central parameter: the single most important part of the design process, far ahead of the form and function of the structure. It’s a philosophy and approach we’ve already built into our design roadmap – and we’ve been applying it for years.
Our view is that there’s nothing more important than health and safety. Safety in design is partly about great processes, but it’s also about a culture and philosophy that sees it an opportunity more than an obligation. We always want to be known as great designers, and delivering strong safety in design is another way we distance ourselves from the pack.